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Old September 23, 2013, 23:59   #121
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I've really over-achieved here. Comp 145 HE mage, the sequence of events is this:
  1. Recall into dungeon, find Elven Cloak of Magi - +2INT, pConf, +1 speed
  2. Descend, find hat of seeing - pBlind covered now too (first source for both)
  3. Post dump to ladder in celebration, mentioning that I'll probably die to Shelob who is on the level
  4. Encounter Shelob, start casting pathetic fireballs at her
  5. Die from unresisted darkness breath
Notable points are that I was playing in a few spare minutes first thing in the morning while I finished my first coffee for the day, and that the death dump last messages still included the "Character dump successful" message from the previous dump.
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Old September 24, 2013, 00:22   #122
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Playing before first coffee is prime killer.
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Old September 24, 2013, 00:27   #123
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Playing before first coffee is prime killer.
Another prime killer is attempting to finish off a monster like a *one-star* Stormbringer while I have <50 HP left AND *mortally wounded* at the same time! I playing PosChengband 2.0.3 as a Possessor in Great crystal drake form. Initially, I was so (over)confident with my +10 Speed that I neglected to use any !Speed and ?Teleportation.
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Old October 17, 2013, 16:30   #124
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Boring, perhaps? Ironman Sangband, DE mage-school caster who's just unlocked teleportation (a major stage in survivability). It's D:12. (No namby-pamby 50-foot multiples for me.) Wander into detection range of a jelly pit, mobile inhabitants start moving out, I start faring poorly against one of them. "Oh, I'll just blink."

I land right in the middle of the pit.

1RKO'd from about 50% health from there.

When will I ever learn?
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Old October 17, 2013, 16:37   #125
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I'll cheat and list my second-to-last instadeath as well, since it was more interesting.

Ironman Sangband again. D:60ish. Was mopping up a G-dominated undead pit, had found no !RestExp yet and hadn't cured drains with spare XP instead, so my skills and Con were a bit low, but that wouldn't have saved me. Thranduil and its telepathy would have, but I had discarded it a while back because I figured I should learn to live without telepathy since I would likely soon be forging powerful, but telepathyless, hats.

Cruising around far from the pit, temporarily unhasted. Dreadmaster emerges from a corridor wall, and immediately:

The Dreadmaster hurls a nether lance!
You feel your life slipping away!
The Dreadmaster hurls a nether lance!
You feel your life slipping away!
The Dreadmaster hurls a nether lance!
You feel your life slipping away!
You die.

Was probably one of the ones I'd TO'd earlier, too.
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Old November 12, 2013, 13:04   #126
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So my dwarf paladin finds a vault on a superb level containing Kavlax about 20 levels OOD. I did everything right (short of recalling to town ) and speeded up so I was faster than him, cast resist fire and cold and chugged a potion of rPoison. Then I opened the vault and TO'd him away. Feeling very pleased with myself, I looted the vault and then travelled slowly, detecting constantly until I found Kavlax again to see if it was safe to visit the last room on the level which was guarded by a pack of gravity hounds. Delighted to find that Kavlax was now in a room that was completely blocked off by rubble, I went to take on the hounds. They were in a long, twisty corridor and I was doing loads of archery damage, so I figured I had a good chance of dealing with them and finding out what the last two items on the level were...

The first six or seven hounds went down easily enough, and then one of them gravitied me through the wall right into Kavlax's new lair.
He breathed.
I died.

Aaaaarrgghhhh!
(I just had to tell someone; I feel better now.)
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Old November 12, 2013, 22:47   #127
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Lesson learned: Never fight <strike>Kavlax</strike> Gravity Hounds
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Old November 12, 2013, 22:59   #128
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Lesson learned: Never fight <strike>Kavlax</strike> Gravity Hounds
Too true - but where's the fun in that?
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Old March 13, 2014, 14:58   #129
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Level 32 Half-Orc Paladin DL 42

Clearing a vault, encountered The Great Crystal Drake. A new monster for me. It's only a few levels OOD, I think, and I'm +23 speed w/ !speed.. Lets try it. 3-4 turns exchanging blows and using CCW, had him down to 6 stars. Not too bad... I wonder if it breaths? I'm at 200+ hp still, risk use rod of probing. The Great Crystal Drake breaths shards. You die.
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That's not a unique, and yeah, their shards breath is quite dangerous. For the Great Wyrms/Drakes, figure out what element they're associated with, and if you don't resist it (or double-resist it in the case of the basic elemental ones) or have less than 500 HP, don't try to fight them. All dragons can breathe something, which means all dragons have a nuke they can use on you.
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